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Groves recognized for abuse prevention work

SERVICE: Youth Services Bureau Executive Director Jan Williams and Department of Child Services Director Alexys Vosmeier present Circuit Court Judge Jamie Groves with the Ronald E. Mitchell Award.

by ANDREW CHRISTMAN - achristman@h-ponline.com

Huntington County Circuit Court Judge Jamie Groves was recognized for his efforts in combating child abuse Friday morning.

Groves was presented with the annual Ronald E. Mitchell award from the Child Protection Team of Huntington County. Youth Service Bureau Executive Director Jan Williams stated Groves was selected for his history of working with children.

“He has worked with children and youth for over 20 years, with the last 10 years serving as the deputy prosecutor, with his primary focus being child physical and sexual abuse cases,” she said. “He takes an active role in all aspects of the case with the ultimage goal being to protect the rights of children and to help ensure they can become healthy adults. Jamie is a true advocate for children and we are honored to recognize him for his outstanding efforts.”

Groves said receiving the award was an absolute surprise and that he was thankful for those whom he has worked with throughout the years.

“I wish more people knew these folks go out at 1 a.m., they get a call and they’re out on a dime responding to a hospital or a house, and they’re immediately involved in trying to make things better for kids all over the community. I’m lucky to be a part of that,” he said.

Williams said the award is presented every year in April in conjunction with National Child Abuse Prevention Month.

The Ronald E. Mitchell award is named after a former Department of Child services director who was noted to be actively involved in preventing child abuse during his tenure. Following his retirement, DCS determined the annual award would be the most appropriate way to honor his legacy.

Nominations were noted to primarily be from the Child Protection Team, though Williams added members of the community have made nominations as well.